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My First Plié

Parent and Toddler Ballet


"The best toddler class we've been to. It's so well thought through. They dance around with props, listen to stories or look at picture cards and become those characters. The teacher is a gem - I highly recommend the class."


"I like how it is not strict but super fun and allows children to express themselves!"


"Such a lovely class to enjoy with my 2 year old daughter. She is a very independent toddler and this class is brilliant for teaching her to listen and follow instructions."


"The format of the classes are perfect for little ones; gaining confidence with some elements being consistent each week."



Following the "Melody Movement Early Learning" Syllabus, tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child and nurturing their individual development.

Melody Movement introduces children to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping. It also introduces children to fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills. The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun.


Melody Bear is the focal point of the dance classes and her songs, music, picture cards and stories integrate to create Melody Bear’s magical world of dance.

Professional Associations:

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Teacher Maria

Miss Maria BA, DDE ISTD,

  • BA-Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

  • DDE ISTD Ballet Registered Teacher

  • PBT Certified Teacher

  • Xtend Barre Certified Instructor

  • Melody Bear Movement Licensed Teacher

Maria commenced studying ballet at the age of seven, participating in many competitions. After training professionally, she worked as an actor in children’s theatre for several years although always maintained her dance training.
In 2012, Maria completed further training with the Royal Academy of Dance and began teaching ballet privately for international schools. On relocating to the UK, she trained with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). As a Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)teacher, she has delivered workshops and classes across the UK.

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